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Cat: SUBCD 016. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Deep City
  2. Flowers & Silvers
  3. Manta Ride
  4. Towers Of Nebula
  5. Delphos
  6. Rose Born
  7. Cheperer
  8. The White Books
  9. Solar Barque Blues
  10. Zero Dead Ends
  11. Sun On Earth
Review: Three years on from the release of her acclaimed debut album, "Epoch Sinus", on Hotflush, Sophie Schnell once more dons the PYUR alias for a follow-up on Subtext. The Bristol-based experimental label says that the set explores Schnell's fascination with "the space between life and death"; it's certainly an unearthly, unsettling and occasionally hallucinatory affair that fuses neo-classical style musical elements (strings, operatic vocals) with evocative electronic motifs, crunchy IDM style drums and cutting-edge production techniques. It's a genuinely unique and mind-altering affair, but one that thrills and excites at every turn. A triumph!
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  1. Tanjah
  2. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (Rhodes version)
  3. Timbuktu
  4. In Memory Of
  5. African Cookbook
  6. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (piano version)
  7. Niger Mambo
  8. Mr Randy
Review: Cheick Tidiane Seck's latest album is something of an all-star affair. It sees a banquet's worth of guest musicians (including fellow African music legend Manu Dibango) help the Malian music maestro send "an Afro-Jazz prayer" to the late, great Randy Weston - a musician whose unique Pan-African vision influenced so many of his contemporaries. The resultant set is vibrant and alluring, with Seck and company underpinning Weston's fluid jazz piano motifs with dense, heavy, intricate and often delightfully polyrhythmic rhythms. There are some more atmospheric and intoxicating numbers present, too - the version of "Timbuktu" is stunning, as is the bluesy "In Memory Of" - but the album's greatest calling card remains it's energetic and effervescent approach.
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Night City Life (unmixed CD)
Cat: STLKCD 006. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Catherine Brenot - "Et Tout Est Yin Et Tout Est Yang" (club mix)
  2. 1 Plus 1 - "Coming Up For Air" (instrumental)
  3. Fragile - "We've Got Tonight, Boy"
  4. Jarmaz - "Night City Life" (Disco remix)
  5. Friend Of Mine - "Just Your Pride"
  6. Mac & Monica - "You're So Good To Me"
  7. Sala & H - "Feel The Love"
  8. Alexandra - "Fantasia (Fantasy)"
  9. Gioia - "No Secrets" (instrumental)
  10. Janelle - "Don't Be Shy" (dub)
  11. Alessandro Scellino - "Dinner In The Jungle" (Erotic mix)
  12. Brian Tatcher - "Hot Love" (instrumental dub version)
  13. Preludio - "Mysterious Nights"
Review: Ilan Pdahtzur is as obsessive a record digger as any of his more visible peers. His particular niche is early to mid-eighties club music, and now he gets a platform to show off his skills thanks to the Spacetalk label. "Night City Life" is about music to match that exact setting - nocturnal urban metropolises with glowing neon lights shimmering in the darkness. There's a lot to love across four sides of vinyl here, from Italo disco to steamy boogie cuts and iridescent synth jams. It will make you nostalgic for a time and place you've never experienced (at least not as perfectly as this) and no doubt get plenty of dance floors on their feet.
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Played by: Secretsundaze
 in stock $6.15
Cat: IIBCOM 001. Rel: 01 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Gavin Gordon - "El Sueno Oscuro"
  2. Coyote - "Blue Skies"
  3. Max Essa - "The One U Want" (Coyote remix)
  4. Coyote - "Going Out" (Max Essa remix)
  5. Deadstock 33's - "Drifting On A Wave" (The Mainstem remix)
  6. Coyote - "Afro Balearic" (Rune Lindbaek remix)
  7. Coyote - "How Ya Doin" (original mix)
  8. The Project Club - "Intro" (Ray Mang remix)
  9. Max Essa - "Heartache" (original ’86 club mix)
  10. Reverso 68 - "Piano 89"
  11. Pharao Black Magic - "Amulet" (Begin remix)
  12. Freshro - "Fantasma" (unreleased exclusive)
  13. Coyote - "Layback" (Windsurf remix)
  14. Coyote - "Electric Sunburst" (Phoreski remix)
  15. Ahiki - "Samarkand"
  16. Hardway Brothers - "Mania Theme" (Toby Tobias remix)
  17. Coyote - "Minamoto" (Shocks Wa Pulpit Chillout remix)
  18. I-boat Captain - "Slower" (The Backwoods remix)
  19. Max Essa - "Uptown Vibrations" (Mark Seven Downtown remix)
  20. Social Disco Club - "Peaceful Warrior" (Soft Rocks Jesus Convention remix)
  21. Coyote - "Crazy World"
  22. The Project Club - "El Mar Y La Luna" (Lovefingers remix)
  23. Khidja Looki - "Original" (unreleased exclusive)
Review: Alongside like-minded imprints Claremont 56 and International Feel, Coyote's Is It Balearic? label - a fitting name, given the difficulty in pinpointing the Balearic sound - has been at the forefront of the nu-Balearic scene for the last five years. Here, they celebrate that fact by offering up a celebratory compilation with pal Moonboots and Coyote each selecting a disc of unmixed favourites. There's predictably plenty of sun-kissed downtempo warmth (Windsurf's sunrise-friendly remix of Coyote's "Laidback", Gavin Gordon's flamenco-influenced "El Sueno Oscuro"), alongside a smattering of deliciously baggy and wide-eyed dancefloor moments (see Max Essa's jaunty Balearic disco jam "Heartache" and a thrillingly griity Soft Rocks remix of Social Disco Club). If that wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, the collection also features some stunning unreleased material from Freshro and Khidja Looki.
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Cat: IIBCOM 002. Rel: 01 Aug 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. The Two Mamarrachos - "En Calma"
  2. Glass Coffee - "Disclosures" (Coyote Uber remix)
  3. Clandestino - "Crack In The Sky" (Beat Broker Dream dub)
  4. Last Waltz - "Tribute" (Machete Savane remix)
  5. DJ Rocca & Daniele Baldelli - "Sartana"
  6. Daniel Wainwright - "Doing It"
  7. The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club - "Neva Liv U"
  8. Ilija Rudman - "Second Screen"
  9. Felix Dickenson - "Ousana" (Coyote remix)
  10. I-Boat Captain - "Poly Punk"
  11. Coyote - "California Jam"
  12. Craig Bratley - "Maverick Sound System Mix"
  13. Max Essa - "Burning Palms"
  14. Rompante - "How Low Can You Dance" (Ahiki remix)
  15. Sorcerer - "Zulu Honda"
  16. Coyote - "Sin Distracciones"
  17. 9DW - "Right On" (original mix)
  18. Leo Mas & Fabrice - "Sunrise 87" (Balearic Militant mix)
  19. Downtown Party Network - "The Returning" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
  20. Max Essa - "Feel The Machine"
  21. Baptiste & Pierre - "Virage" (Ruf Dug extension)
  22. Joe Morris - "Mpondo Theme"
Review: 2016 sees Coyote arrive at a decade of posing the question Is It Balearic? Replicating the compilation shaped celebrations surrounding their fifth anniversary, the landmark is noted with this fine 2CD collection. The compiling skills of Balearic chieftain Max Essa are called on for the first disc selections, with Coyote taking care of business on the second for a fine horizontally-minded celebration of all things Balearic encompassing 22 tracks. Tempos nudge back and forth, different vibes coming to the fore along the way as a dash of steel drum is replaced by forthright synth glistens and upright basslines. Legends mingle alongside future heroes, Foolish Felix and Baldelli impressing as much as Last Waltz and Clandestino. As the end nears, up pops Prins Thomas's classic Diskomiks of Downtown Party Network. Here's to another ten years Is it Balearic?
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Cat: BWOOD 207CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Asheber)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow)
  3. Gnawa Sweet
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Coming From
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia)
  8. Self:love (feat Obongjayar)
Review: Joe Armon-Jones has been a driving force in the resurgence of contemporary jazz and now makes something of a victory lap with this new album on the always essential Brownswood. It's a very modern mix of bass and dub, du jour club culture and his own jazz styles featuring peers like Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia. Frankly, the whole record is silky, starry-eyed and sublime and the excellent artwork also hist at the cosmic subtleties of this album, but our picks of the bunch are the neo-soul, summery stroll through the park vibes of "Yellow Dandelion", "Gnawa Sweet" which glows with mellifluous Rhodes chords and the uncompromising yet accessible sax and big brass action of album highlight "You Didn't Care".
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BASSO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZZZCD 124. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Hans Hass - "Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind"
  2. DJ Food - "The Dawn"
  3. RVDS - "Minuet De Vampire"
  4. Horizont - "Light Of Darkness"
  5. Xiame - "Nosso Destino"
  6. Miko - "Im Garten"
  7. Massimo Stella - "C'e Una Donna Sola"
  8. Trimolo - "Tempo 100"
  9. Diedel - "Wo Seid Ihr"
  10. Mikey D - "I Need You" (dub)
  11. Wolfsmond - "Fuhl Dich Frei" (Basso Maxi version)
  12. Ghia - "You Won't Sleep On My Pillow"
  13. Jean Phillipe Rykiel - "Fair Light"
Review: Music For Dreams' latest must-have compilation of obscure Balearic treats comes courtesy of noted digger Basso, a DJ, producer and re-editor who has previously released some killer scalpel jobs on Joe's Bakery and People Must Jam. You'll find one of his edits tucked away towards the end of the EP - a tidy extension of Wolfsmond's sun-kissed, Chris Rea-esque German language number "Fuhl Dich Frei" - alongside stunning selections that variously touch on stoned West Coast jazz-rock, new age, ambient, drowsy 80s pop, kosmiche and loved-up late night AOR shufflers. An inspired collection of pretty much unknown gems; what's not to like?
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DJ HARVEY/VARIOUS
Cat: PIKESCD 001. Rel: 28 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Locussolus - "Next To You" (Marcy Rising edit)
  2. Elkin & Nelson - "Abran Paso - Ahoa (Enrolle)"
  3. Eighth Wonder - "I'm Not Scared" (Disco mix)
  4. Idjut Boys - "One For Kenny"
  5. Roberto Rodriguez - "Mustat Varjot"
  6. Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - "Spanish Boogie"
  7. The Project Club - "EL Mar Y La Luna" (Lovefingers remix)
  8. DJ Pippi - "Ibiza World Inspiration" (feat Antonio M Jemenez)
  9. Tony Esposito - "Danza Dell'Acqua"
  10. No ID - "Love Mecanica (Not Love Game)"
  11. Tore - "She's A Lady"
  12. Gatto Fritto - "Invisible College"
Review: Many claim to be "Balearic" DJs, but few genuinely are. DJ Harvey certainly is, as his triumphant summer residency at Pikes in Ibiza proved. If you didn't get a chance to check out the lauded veteran in action on the White Isle, fear not, because The Sound of Mercury Rising is almost entirely made up of music he championed over the summer. As you'd expect, it mixes notably obscure or overlooked gems from the distant past (Elkin & Nelson, the brilliant disco mix of Eighth Wonder's Pet Shop Boys' produced "I'm Not Scared", the Spanish-themed disco of Van McCoy, a killer Tony Esposito cut, and so on) with more recent fare that have tickled Harvey's fancy (the Idjut Boys, Gatto Fritto and the producer's own Locussolus project).
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Cat: SKALD 035. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Day Tuner
  2. And!
  3. Guess What
  4. Work It
  5. Now What
  6. Start Again (part 4)
  7. Blanket Ban
  8. Filandank
  9. Wtfwtfwtf
  10. You Heard Me The First Time
  11. The Middle Middle
  12. Hiaea
  13. OD
  14. The Beginning
Review: Barely six weeks after dropping her debut single on River Rapid, Henrietta Smith-Rolla pops up on Skam with a surprise debut album. As first full length excursions go, "Break Before Make" is undeniably impressive. Beginning with the spooky, minor key electronics and angular IDM rhythms of "Day Turner", the 14 track set sees Smith-Rolla successfully turn her hand to bittersweet synth-wave ("And!"), dystopian pitched-down electronica ("Guess What"), spacey electro ("Work It", "Wtfwtfwtf"), clandestine electronic soundscapes (the panicked shuffle of "Blanket Ban") and grandiose sci-fi soundtrack fare ("The Middle Middle"). Throughout, the Manchester-based producer consistently delivers otherworldly musical melancholia with a panache not associated with a producer of her relative inexperience.
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Played by: MUSAR Recordings
 in stock $11.76
Cat: ERS 013CD. Rel: 01 Dec 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. White Wish
  2. Afrobotics
  3. Shockers
  4. She Got Love
  5. Winded Up On The Floor
  6. Moon Life
  7. Easter Island Electric Brain
  8. Psouvenirs
  9. Knockin On Wood
  10. Minimal Vibrations
  11. Lagoland
  12. Straightline
  13. Nova Laser
  14. Walkin' On The Water
  15. Roll
  16. Glass Skeletons
  17. Foggy Twilights
  18. Bells
Review: Dating from tape recordings made between 1996 - 2012, Cosmic Vibrations follows the Tropical Psychedelics (ERS003) album for the label, this time digging deeper in to the mind of Secret Circuit than the more dance flor inspired sounds heard on last years album Tactile Galactics album for Beats In Space. Again we glimpse a melting pot of pyschedelia, techno, balearic and ambient to create an electronic gem, but all done with a wry smile and jesters wink rather than today's penchant of moody seriousness. Life on the US West Coast shines from the album, from opener Out West to She Got Love, sunshine music that couldn't be made anywhere else. It's not all hippy-happy vibes though with Minimal Vibrations and the dub of Straightline taking things in to deeper and instropective territory. However, all things resonate in Eddie's analogue meets kitchen sink synthesis. Layer after layer flats across the album to create a smile-inducing whole. Journeying from the folk guitar of Somnambulation to the minimilism of Glass Skeletons, before bidding a fond farewell in the apt, Bells. This second and fial collection of early cassette works is not an end, but a blessing.
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Cat: FAR 022CD. Rel: 28 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Prisoner Of Your Love
  2. Stuck
  3. Echoes Of Your Mind
  4. Body Of One
  5. Time By Your Side
  6. Magic Touch
  7. Freak For Your Love
  8. Caruso's Monkey House
  9. Floating World
Review: Brothers Simon and Robin Lee have long excelled at the album format, delivering occasional sets that ripple with impressive musicality, sinewy strings, cozy downtempo moods and upbeat dancefloor moments. Body of One, their fourth full length (their first dropped on Nuphonic back in 1997), continues this trend, offering a compelling trip through the pair's myriad influences. After opening with a sweaty post-punk thumper ("Prisoner of Your Love"), we're variously treated to Italo-influenced vintage house ("Magic Touch"), rubbery disco-funk ("Freak For Your Love"), Arthur Russell-influenced tropical downtempo pop ("Caruso's Monkey House"), dreamy Balearica ("Floating World") and string-laden gorgeousness. As for the title track, it sounds like So-era Peter Gabriel.
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Cat: KRANK 221. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Equivalent 1
  2. Equivalent 3
  3. Equivalent 6
  4. Equivalent 5
  5. Equivalent 2
  6. Equivalent 8
  7. Equivalent 7 (feat Secret Pyramid)
  8. Equivalent 4
Review: Since joining the label at the turn of the millennium, Scott Morgan AKA Loscil has become one of the admirably experimental imprint's most prolific artists. "Equivalents" is Morgan's ninth album for the label and sees him offer up eight meditations on a hazy, spaced-out theme. It's a slow-burn affair, where processed melodic elements, held-note chords and drone style aural textures slowly move across the sound space. It's a formula that guarantees goodness from start to finish, with the pulsing "Equivalent 3", ghostly "Equivalent 6", Mr Cloudy-esque "Equivalent 2" and the becalmed and poignant "Equivalent 8" standing out.
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 in stock $16.31
The Director's Cut Collection (3xCD (CD 1 & CD 2 unmixed, CD 3 mixed))
Cat: SSMDCLP 1C. Rel: 03 Jul 19
Deep House
  1. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "The Whistle Song" (Re-Directed)
  2. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "Your Love" (feat Jamie Principle - Director's cut Signature mix - album version)
  3. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "Baby Wants To Ride" (feat Jamie Principle - Re-directed - album version)
  4. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "Let's Stay Home" (Starring Inaya Ray - A Director's cut - Classic club mix)
  5. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "I'll Take You There" (feat Jamie Principle - A Director's cut - Classic Signature mix)
  6. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "You Make Me Feel" (feat B Slade - DJ Mimi mix Of Epic Proportions - album version)
  7. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "Get Over U" (feat B Slade - Director's cut mix - Sami Dee edit)
  8. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut - "Let Yourself Go" (feat Sybil - A Director's cut Master - album version)
  9. Peyton & Director's Cut - "Beautiful" (Dirtector's cut Classic mix)
  10. Kenny Summit & Director's Cut Opresets Yasmeen - "Loving You"
  11. Ashford & Simpson - "Bourgie Bourgie" (A Directos' cut Exclusive)
  12. Hardsoul - "Back Together" (feat Ron Carroll - Director's cut Classic club mix)
  13. The Layabouts - "Bring Me Joy" (feat Portia Monique - Director's cut remix)
  14. Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont - "The Look" (Director's cut Signature mix)
  15. Candi Staton - "Hallelujah Anyway" (Director's cut Signature mix)
  16. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band - "The Secret Life Of Us" (feat Donna Gardeer & Diane Charlemagne - Director's cut Signature mix)
  17. Marko Militano - "Good People" (Director's cut Signature mix)
  18. Human Life - "In It Together" (Director's cut Signature Togetherness)
  19. Artful & Rigney - "Missing You" (feat Terri Walker - Eric Kupper Director's cut Tribute To SK mix)
  20. Lou Rawls - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper unreleased anthem)
  21. Frankie Knuckles Presents Director's Cut - "The Whistle Song" (Re-directed)
  22. Soulful Session - "Hostile Takeover" (Starring Lyn Lockamy - Director's cut remix)
  23. The Layabouts - "Bring Me Joy" (feat Portia Monique - Director' cut remix)
  24. Kenny Summit & Director's Cut Presents Yasmeen - "Loving You"
  25. Dbow - "Get Involved" (Director's cut Classic House mix)
  26. Frankie Knuckles Presents Director's Cut - "Get Over U" (feat B Slade - Director's cut mix - Sami Dee edit)
  27. Candi Staton - "Hallelujah Anyway" (Director's cut Signature mix)
  28. Ashford & Simpson - "Bourgie Bourgie" (A Director's cut Exclusive)
  29. Frankuie Knuckles Presents Director's Cut - "Your Love" (feat Jamie Principle - Director's cut Signature mix)
  30. Human Life - "In It Together" (Director's cut Signature Togtherness)
  31. Marshall Jefferson - "The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body)" (feat Curtis McClain - Director's cut Retro Signature mix)
  32. Hardsoul - "Back Together" (feat Ron Carroll - Director's cut Classic club mix)
  33. Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont - "The Look" (Director's cut Signature mix)
  34. Frankie Knuckles Presents Director's Cut - "Let Yourself Go" (feat Sybil - A Director's cut Master)
  35. Lou Rawls - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper unreleased anthem)
Review: In 2009, longtime collaborators Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper made their production partnership official via the Director's Cut project. This epic retrospective gathers together the best tracks and remixes the duo completed prior to Knuckles' death in 2014. Disc one offers up original productions, including ear-catching re-makes of some of Knuckles' most famous early works (we're particularly fond of the versions of "The Whistle Song", "Your Love" and "I'll Take U There"). On the second disc you'll find the best of their remix work, with standouts including a sublime take on Candi Staton's "Hallelujah Anyway" and a storming, previously unreleased version of Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine". As a bonus, the third disc mixes the best of the lot together in one suitably gorgeous, non-stop journey.
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Played by: I Love Disco!
 in stock $15.37
Obiaa! (CD)
Cat: STRUT 201CD. Rel: 04 Oct 19
International
  1. Onfa Nkosi Hwee
  2. Yamona
  3. Bubu
  4. Atesem
  5. Obinim
  6. Obi Nfreno
  7. Ntobuase
  8. Odo Ankasa
  9. Okomfe Bone
Review: He may now be 72, but legendary highlife vocalist Pat Thomas still has the desire to make new music. In fact his previous set, 2015's "Pat Thomas & The Kwashibuu Area Band" - a collaboration with producer Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, storied Ghanian highlife bandleader Kwame Yeboah and musicians including fellow West African heavyweights Tony Allen and Ebo Taylor - is arguably one of the strongest albums of his lengthy career. This belayed follow-up is equally as inspired, with the golden-voiced Ghanaian vocalist providing the attention-grabbing focal point throughout. Yet while Thomas's vocals are as sublime as ever, it's the quality and detail of the accompanying music - a mix of laid back and dancefloor-ready highlife in the style he made famous in the 1970s - that really stands out.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 575ACD. Rel: 02 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Paradigm Message 0718
  2. Day By Day (feat Lulu James)
  3. Elevate (feat LaAerial)
  4. Oozing (instrumental)
  5. 1010
  6. Royal (feat Entek)
  7. Get Ur Sh Together (feat Byron The Aquarius)
  8. Good To You (feat Rae Rae)
  9. If U
  10. Circles & Motion (feat Claudia Smith)
  11. Innit Dub
  12. Thankful (feat Miryam Solomon)
  13. Rainin Luv
Review: Despite being one of London's premier dancefloor-focused fusionists of the last two decades, Simbad Stanislas has not released very many albums. In fact, "Collections" is only the soul and jazz loving producer's second full length outing, with his first, "Supersonic Revolution", dropping way back in 2007. This, then, is a long overdue excursion. It contains tracks recorded (but for the most part never released) between 2003 and 2017, and includes collaborations with a wide range of vocalists and fellow producers. Musically, it's as vibrant and addictive as you'd expect, delivering tracks that effortlessly join the dots between soul, hip-hop, jazz, broken beat, jazz-funk, deep house, two-step garage and much more besides.
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 in stock $12.14
Topology (CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 504ACD. Rel: 10 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Dragon Dance
  2. World Peace
  3. Dear Friends
  4. Takeuma
  5. I-Ha-To-Bo
  6. Crossing
Review: The latest volume in BBE's J Jazz Masterclass series is something of a stone-cold classic: then young Japanese pianist Makoto Terashita's 1983 album-length collaboration with legendary tenor saxophonist Harold Land. Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time that the sought-after set has been reissued since, making it something of a must-have for serious jazz fans. Both players are clearly audible throughout the LP, with the accompanying bassist and drummer generally kept low in the mix. It's an approach that pays dividends from start to finish, with highlights including the poignant and picturesque "Dear Friends", the epic dancefloor flex of "Dragon Dance" and the raucous, high-octane thrills of "Crossing".
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Access (CD)
Cat: LHR 14CD. Rel: 01 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. NWS - "Time's Irrelevant"
  2. Lazare Hoche - "Access"
  3. Luke Solomon presents Jean Caffeine - "Jean Aftertought"
  4. Point G - "La Lampe du Vizir Adjané"
  5. Modal - "Lovers" (Roy Davis & Dj Skull remix)
  6. Skymaster - "Final Link"
  7. Lazare Hoche & Malin Génie - "Formes"
  8. Nimbus Quartet - "Your House Is Yours"
  9. Lazare Hoche & Malin Génie - "Session 2"
  10. Unit T - "Mystery Tones"
  11. Mandar - "Fouad"
Review: Lazare Hoche doesn't release that much music, but what he does put out is invariably excellent. Following a smattering of singles and an acclaimed collaborative album alongside Malin Genie - 2013's I Don't Sync So Volume II - he's decided to put together a compilation featuring his own productions and those by music industry mates. Access, then, is a lesson in warm and luscious deep house, with significant contributions coming from Luke Solomon (donning the Jean Caffeine guise on the dreamy and rolling "Jean Afterthought"), DJ Gregory's Point G project (the ultra-deep pulse of "La Lampe Du Vizir Adjane"), and pals Skymaster and Mandal. Hoche's own contributions rank amongst the compilation's highlights, with the title track delivering a pitch-perfect lesson in the seductive powers of dreamy, dust-encrusted deep house.
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Joey NEGRO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDCD 038. Rel: 02 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The O'Jays - "I Love Music" (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix)
  2. Patti LaBelle - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (Joey Negro Funk In The Music mix)
  3. Pockets - "Come Go With Me" (Joey Negro Found A Place mix)
  4. Gwen McCrae - "Keep The Fire Burning" (Joey Negro Feed The Flame mix)
  5. The Trammps - "Can We Come Together" (Joey Negro Philly dub excursion)
  6. George Benson - "Love Ballad" (Joey Negro Jazzy reprise)
  7. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Taste Of Bitter Love" (Joey Negro disco re-blend)
  8. Kleeer - "Open Your Mind" (Joey Negro Seeekret mix)
  9. Nicolette Larson - "Lotta Love" (Joey Negro Yacht disco mix)
  10. Robert Palmer - "Every Kinda People" (Joey Negro Multicultural Multitrack mix)
  11. Christopher Cross - "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro extended disco mix)
  12. Thelma Houston - "I'm Here Again" (Joey Negro Ready To Roll mix)
  13. Grace Jones - "Pull Up To The Bumper" (Joey Negro Bumper To Bumper mix)
  14. Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" (Joey Negro Tell The World mix)
  15. Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Joey Negro Return Of The Mac mix)
  16. Norman Connors - "Stella" (Joey Negro Jazz Ride)
  17. Jean Carn - "Time Waits For No One" (Joey Negro extended disco mix)
  18. Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix)
  19. Wanda Walden - "Don't You Want My Lovin'" (Joey Negro Back To 81 mix)
  20. People's Choice - "Here We Go Again" (Joey Negro Philly Stomp mix)
Review: With the possible exception of The Reflex, no other producer can match the multi-track re-edits and remixes delivered by house maestro and long-time disco digger Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee. Having laid down a marker with 2013's Remixed With Love, the veteran producer has decided to emphasize his credentials with this similarly superb follow-up. Over the course of two action-packed discs, Lee skillfully re-arranges 20 disco and boogie favourites, using the inherent swing, funk and energy of his source material to create superb, dancefloor-friendly tweaks. Amongst the well-known cuts - think "Pull Up To The Bumper", "Keep The Fire Burning" and "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" - you'll also find sublimely soulful rearrangements of overlooked cuts from Nicolette Larson, Cheryl Lynn and Norman Connors.
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Cat: TRESOR 10181CD. Rel: 20 Oct 10
Electro
  1. Under Sea Disturbances
  2. Digital Tsunami
  3. Soul Of The Sea
  4. Song Of The Green Whale
  5. Dr Blowfins' Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres
  6. The Plankton Organization
  7. Mission To Ociya Syndor & Back
  8. Aquatic Cataclysm
  9. Lake Haze
  10. Birth Of New Life
Review: A big Juno bear hug goes to the folks from Tresor for releasing a string of sublime re-issues this year. The latest is Drexciya's seminal Harnessed The Storm long player, generally a much darker affair than Neptune's Lair, which itself was reissued earlier this year. It is hallmarked by longer, more exploratory tracks, full of sinister twists and turns. The stormy electro thunder of "Digital Tsunami" is perhaps the standout moment here, closely followed by the subterranean squelch of "Soul Of The Sea". "Dr Blowfins Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres" has an eerie crackle that predates the current vogue for dark atmospheric techno by nearly a decade, while the robotic key melody on "Song Of The Green Whale" marks it as the LP's most playful moment. Highly recommended for electro and techno purists alike.
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Played by: Joe Drive
 in stock $4.93
Cat: IDIB 38. Rel: 25 May 12
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Into The Black
  2. Kill For Love
  3. Back From The Grave
  4. The Page
  5. Lady
  6. These Streets Will Never Look The Same
  7. Broken Mirrors
  8. Candy
  9. The Eleventh Hour
  10. Running From The Sun
  11. Dust To Dust
  12. Birds Of Paradise
  13. A Matter Of Time
  14. At Your Door
  15. There's A Light Out On The Horizon
  16. The River
Review: After the brilliance of his intoxicating Themes From An Imaginary Film album, there's no doubt that Chromatics producer Johnny Jewel is on a roll. Here, he returns to his roots to helm the fourth full-length from the futurist crew, their first since 2007. In typical fashion, it's a beguiling set that draws on Jewel's usual cinematic influences. Musically, it sounds like a particularly heart-aching road movie, shuffling across the mid west via dark soundtrack moods ("Candy","11th Hour" and "Dust To Dust"), fragile balladeering ("Birds Of Paradise"), eyeliner-laden electronic moodiness ("A Matter of Time"), and Johnny Marr-goes-to-the-movies indie-pop (see "Kill For Love", "Into the Black" and "Back From The Grave").
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30 Years Of Rage (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: RAGECD 1. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Breakbeat
  1. Leftfield - "Not Forgotten" (dub mix)
  2. Lennie De Ice - "We Are IE"
  3. Zero B - "Lock Up" (2012 Remaster)
  4. Wots My Code - "Dubplate"
  5. Foul Play - "Being With You"
  6. Fallout - "The Morning After" (Sunrise mix)
  7. Rhythim Is Rhythim - "Emanon"
  8. Cybersonik - "Technarchy"
  9. Frankie Bones - "Just As Long As I Got You"
  10. Ecstasy Club - "Jesus Loves The Acid"
  11. Nightmares On Wax - "Aftermath"
  12. Juno - "Soul Thunder"
  13. 33 1/3 Queen - "Searchin'"
  14. Q-Project - "Champion Sound" (Alliance remix)
  15. Tronikhouse - "Straight Outta Hell" (Hellbound mix)
  16. Yennek - "Serena X" (Innerzone mix)
  17. Richie Rich - "Salsa House"
  18. Debbie Malone - "Rescue Me" (club mix)
  19. Neon - "Don't Mess With This Beat" (instrumental mix)
  20. The Future Sound Of London - "Papua New Guinea"
  21. De-Lite - "Wild Times" (Mayday mix)
  22. D-Mob - "That's The Way Of The World" (feat Cathy Dennis)
  23. Top Buzz - "Living In Darkness"
  24. Brainkillers - "Screwface"
  25. Tic Tac Toe - "Ephemerol"
  26. Ability II - "Pressure Dub"
  27. Awesome 3 - "Don't Go"
Review: To mark the passing of three decades since they became resident DJs at weekly club night Rage, Fabio and Grooverider have put together this killer collection of tunes that not only rocked the party, but also laid the foundations for the jungle revolution that followed. It's a fine collection, with the veteran D&B duo serving up deep early progressive house (Leftfield), weighty bleep and bass (Ability II's peerless "Pressure Dub" and Juno's "Soul Thunder"), breakbeat-driven hardcore smashers (Zero B, Frankie Bones), early jungle (Wots My Code, Foul Play), slamming techno (Rhythim Is Rhythim, Cybersonik), UK acid house (Ecstasy Club) and rush-inducing rave anthems (Awesome 3, Lennie De Ice). A nostalgic trip down memory lone that boasts just as many underground selections as it does chart-bothering classics.
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Played by: Secretsundaze
 in stock $10.56
Cat: MDL 03CD. Rel: 27 Jan 15
Deep House
  1. Quiet Life
  2. Keep Up Appearances
  3. We Search For Answers
  4. Worship (feat Qzen)
  5. Psychedelic Underground
  6. Shadow Theory
  7. Seraphim
  8. Make It True (feat JoJo De Freq)
  9. Feel Free
  10. Logan Five
Review: Having built their reputation through 12" singles for the likes of Crosstown Rebels and Poker Flat, Dan Berkson and James What deliver their debut album, on their freshly minted imprint Modelmaker. Interestingly, Keep Up Appearances is an altogether warmer, melodious and more evocative set than you'd perhaps expect, with a smattering of rich downtempo cuts joining a solid selection of dancefloor-friendly deep house. You can hear a classic dub techno influence in cuts such as "Keep Up Appearances" and "Shadow Theory", while the acid-flecked, soul-soaked "Make It True" sounds like classic Osunlade. Best of all, though, are the more forthright efforts, with the ragged "Seraphim" standing out.
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VARIOUS
80's Remixed & Extended (unmixed 3xCD)
Cat: 889853 56512. Rel: 02 Sep 16
Pop
  1. Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much" (Just Right mix)
  2. Bill Withers - "Lovely" ('88 remix)
  3. Billy Ocean - "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" (extended version)
  4. James Brown - "Living In America" (R&B dance Vvrsion)
  5. Paul Young - "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" (U.S. Remix remastered)
  6. Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Cake mix)
  7. Five Star - "The Slightest Touch" (The Pettibone Touch remix)
  8. Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (12" version)
  9. Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  10. Earth, Wind & Fire - "Let's Groove" (Special Remixed Holiday version)
  11. The Jacksons - "Can You Feel It"
  12. Wham! - "Freedom" (long mix)
  13. Dead Or Alive - "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" (Performance mix)
  14. Coldcut - "People Hold On" (12" version)
  15. Malcolm McLaren/The Bootzilla Orchestra - "Deep In Vogue" (Banjie Realness)
  16. Bomb The Bass - "Beat Dis" (12" version)
  17. Miami Sound Machine - "Dr. Beat" (long version)
  18. Wham!Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride" (remix/club version)
  19. Wham!Men At Work - "Down Under" (extended mix)
  20. Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" (12" version)
  21. King - "Love & Pride" (USA Summer mix)
  22. Altered Images - "Don't Talk To Me About Love" (extended version)
  23. Big Audio Dynamite - "E=MC2" (12 inch remix)
  24. Fiction Factory - "(Feels Like) Heaven"
  25. Adam Ant - "Apollo 9" (Francois K Splashdown mix)
  26. Spear Of Destiny - "Liberator" (12" extended mix)
  27. Spandau Ballet - "Man In Chains"
  28. Roachford - "Cuddly Toy" (extended mix)
  29. Prefab Sprout - "Faron Young"
  30. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (extended cub mix)
  31. Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"
  32. The Stranglers - "Always The Sun" (Hot mix)
  33. The Psychedelic Furs - "Pretty In Pink" (Berlin mix)
  34. The Bangles - "Walk Like An Egyptian" (extended Dance mix)
  35. The Lotus Eaters - "The First Picture Of You" (2" version)
  36. A Flock Of Seagulls - "I Ran"
  37. The Stone Roses - "She Bangs The Drums" (Elephant remix)
Review: As the matter-or-fact title suggests, '80s Remixed & Extended delivers three discs of alternative 12" versions of well-known and mostly well-loved pop, soul and dance cuts from the decade of hairspray, MTV and rampant consumerism. Naturally, there are plenty of stone cold classics present - Coldcut's "People Hold On", Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up", Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go For That", and so on - but the collection's strongest selling point are the lesser-known 12" versions dotted across the three discs. These include a long forgotten Francois K remix of Adam Ant, a sparkling Shep Pettibone tweak of Five Star, and the surprisingly dubby, low-slung 12" version of Men At Work's gloriously silly "Down Under".
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 in stock $4.40
Cat: STRUT 204CD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice" (re-edit)
  2. Liquid Liquid - "Cavern"
  3. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (vocal)
  4. Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players - "Spasticus Autisticus" (version)
  5. Material - "Over & Over"
  6. Was (Not Was) - "Wheel Me Out"
  7. Dinosaur - "Kiss Me Again"
  8. Don Cherry - "I Walk"
  9. Common Sense - "Voices Inside My Head"
  10. Nicky Siano - "Move"
  11. Indian Ocean - "School Bell/Tree House"
Review: Second time around for Joey Negro and Sean P's peerless collection of post-punk era New York club cuts, a compilation that proved hugely influential when it was first released way back in 2000. The track listing strangely omits one track present on the original release (the full 16-minute version of Steve Miller Band's "Macho City"), but otherwise it's a faithful reproduction. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the eccentric electrofunk of Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" and P-funk influenced strut of Material's "Over And Over", to the skittish jazz-goes-dub disco bustle of Don Cherry's "I Walk" and the low-slung percussive voodoo of Nicky Siano's "Move". The undisputed master of NYC leftfield disco, Arthur Russell, is represented via cuts from Loose Joints, Dinosaur and Indian Ocean.
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Played by: Pete Haigh
 in stock $11.33
Keith HARING/VARIOUS
The World Of Keith Haring (unmixed 2xCD + 48 page booklet)
Cat: SJRCD 444. Rel: 28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. B Beat Girls - "For The Same Man"
  2. Damon Harris - "It's Music"
  3. Pylon - "Danger"
  4. The Jonzun Crew - "Pak Man"
  5. Funk Masters - "Love Money"
  6. John Sex - "Bump & Grind It"
  7. Sylvester - "Over & Over" (12" Disco mix)
  8. The Girls - "Jeffrey I Hear You"
  9. Johnny Dynell & New York 88 - "Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)"
  10. Talking Heads - "I Zimbra"
  11. Art Zoyd - "Sortie 134" (part 2)
  12. Class Action - "Weekend" (Larry Levan mix)
  13. Adiche - "Chuka-Ja (Get Ready)"
  14. The Girls - "The Elephant Man"
  15. The Golden Flamingo Orchestra - "The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us"
  16. Gray - "Cut It Up High Priest"
  17. Extra T's - "ET Boogie"
  18. Convertion - "Let's Do It"
  19. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice"
  20. Fab 5 Freddy - "Change The Beat"
Review: Curated as part of the iconic street artist's Tate exhibition this year, The World Of Keith Haring unites many of the talented souls Keith knew, or was inspired by, during his prolific rise as one of the most vital cultural spokesmen through the 70s and 80s. Soundtracking the gritty downtown NYC streets he made his first mark on, this limited collection captures the whole melting pot from b-boy culture with cuts such as "E.T Boogie" and "Bump N Grind", raw boogie and soul ("Over & Over") and pure drama ("The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us"). A powerful collection as striking and relatable as his own signature.
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Played by: I Love Disco!
 in stock $11.63
VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 207CD. Rel: 06 Sep 19
International
  1. Jean Kely Et Basth - "Andosy Mora"
  2. Soymanga - "Moramora Zoky"
  3. Roger Georges - "Mama"
  4. Ny Anjarasoa - "Mahonena"
  5. Charles Maurin Poty - "Amboliako Fary"
  6. Mahaleo - "Izahay Mpamita"
  7. Papa James - "Ngoma Hoe"
  8. Los Pepitos Et Leur Ensemble - "BB Gasy"
  9. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - "Jazz Sega"
  10. Feon'Ala - "Farahy"
  11. Terak' Anosy Group - "Soaliza"
  12. Saka Dit The King - "Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)"
  13. Michael - "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko"
  14. Falafa - "Rapela"
  15. Los Matadores - "Andeha Hanarato"
  16. Nino Rafah - "Oa Niny E"
  17. Kaiamba Orchestra - "Tokatoka"
  18. Atrefy Andriana - "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko"
Review: It would be fair to say that few of us are familiar with the music of Madagascar, a notably beautiful island in the Indian Ocean whose indigenous culture has rarely registered in Western Europe. Yet as this fine compilation from Strut proves, the nation once boasted a vibrant recording industry whose distinctive sounds blended strong East African influences with more traditional local sounds and the ever-present inspiration of American soul, funk, disco and boogie. "Alefa Madagascar" tells this story through sound by focusing on some of the fuzzy, electrified blends of salegy, soukous and soul popular in the country between 1974 and '84. It does a bang up job, offering up 18 essential cuts that all but the most dusty-fingered crate diggers will never have heard before.
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VARIOUS
Tabansi Sampler (unmixed CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 592CCD. Rel: 28 Aug 19
International
  1. Ebo Taylor - "Make You No Mind"
  2. Zeal Onyia - "Zeal Anata"
  3. Nkono Teles - "Love Vibration"
  4. Ojo Balingo - "Oba Mimo Olorun Ayo"
  5. The Mandators - "Looking Out For You"
  6. Lumingu Puati (Zorro) - "Tshina Dekula"
  7. Dytomite Starlite Band Of Ghana - "Amanfoo"
  8. Eric Kol - "You're My Solution"
  9. Zack And Geebah - "For The Love Of Money"
  10. Tony Sarfo & His Funki Afrosibi - "Super Star"
  11. Ben Jagga - "Hold On Pretty Woman"
  12. Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
  13. Victor Chukwu - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
Review: Over the next couple of years, BBE is going to reissue more than 60 titles from the epic back catalogue of leading Nigerian independent label Tabansi Records. To wet appetites, the label has decided to offer up this deliberately eclectic sampler. It focuses on music recorded and released in the 1970s and 80s, giddily dancing between highlife, Afrobeat, funk, soul, disco, rumba and soukous. There's tons to get excited about, including Ebo Taylor's previously unreleased Afrobeat/highlife fusion jam "Make You No Mind", the synthesizer-driven deep boogie flex of Nkono Teles' "Love Vibration", the highlife/juju flex of Victor Chukwu's "Wonderful For Ashawo" and the horn-tooting cheeriness of Zack And Geebah's "For The Love Of Money".
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Push On (CD)
Cat: JAL 248CD. Rel: 27 Jul 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Intro
  2. Love That I'm In (feat Andy Cooper)
  3. Since You've Been Gone
  4. Entitled To That
  5. Get Down On You
  6. Push On
  7. Main Event (feat Andy Cooper)
  8. Hold You Close
  9. Buzzsaw (feat Andy Cooper)
  10. Allergic Interlude
  11. It Won't Be Me (feat Andy Cooper)
  12. Funky Feeling
  13. Remedy (feat Dr Syntax)
  14. Get On The Floor
Review: Don't be fooled by the smoky jazzy horns on the intro: The Allergies are still at the front of the party queue! They were just lulling us into a false sense of security before hitting us with a precision range of big soul swingers and dynamite party killers; both "Hold You Close" and "Since You've Been Gone" pop with big beat bangs, "Entitled To That" stamps and sweats like Wigan Pier is still holding the best dances in the country, "Main Event" parps and pumps while long-standing affiliate Andy Cooper reminds us who's boss while "It Won't Be Me" (also with Cooper) is coded with so much horn and guitar powered gusto you could be fooled into thinking Ugly Duckling are back. Yet another triumphant album from one of Jalapeno's most exciting acts.
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 in stock $7.35
PSYCHEMAGIK/VARIOUS
Psychemagik Presents Magik Sunset Part 1 (2xCD (CD 1 unmixed, CD 2 mixed))
Cat: LENCD 008. Rel: 07 May 15
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Bobby Brown - "My Hawaiian Home"
  2. Kathy Stack - "Summer Wind"
  3. Mother Funk - "Sunshine"
  4. Jack Adkins - "American Sunset"
  5. Greg Sonnleitner - "Misunderstood"
  6. Nathan Perkins Band - "Soul Keepers"
  7. Crossection - "Over Again"
  8. Majik - "Take Me There" (Psychemagik edit)
  9. Al Dos Band - "Doing Our Thing With Pride"
  10. Jake Hottell - "Horizon"
  11. The Electric Connection - "Groovy"
  12. Gene Lawrence - "After Sunrise"
  13. P'cock - "Telephone Song"
  14. Terry Brooks & Strange - "Higher Flyer"
  15. Bobby Brown - "My Hawaiian Home" (Psychemagik mix)
  16. Kathy Stack - "My Hawaiian Home"
  17. Mother Funk - "Sunshine"
  18. Jack Adkins - "American Sunset"
  19. Greg Sonnleitner - "Misunderstood"
  20. Nathan Perkins Band - "Soul Keepers"
  21. Crossection - "Over Again"
  22. Majik - "Take Me There" (Psychemagik edit)
  23. Al Dos Band - "Doing Our Thing With Pride"
  24. Jake Hottell - "Horizon"
  25. The Electric Connection - "Groovy"
  26. Gene Lawrence - "After Sunrise"
  27. P'cock - "Telephone Song"
  28. Terry Brooks & Strange - "Higher Flyer"
Review: Following the runaway success of their Magick Cyrcles and Magick Sunrise compilations, Psychemagik return with another selection of wilfully obscure Balearic gems. There's a subtly breezy, occasionally humid feel to much of the material this time round, with the acclaimed crate diggers' selections flitting between stoned blue-eyed soul, baked west coast rock, curious, semi-spoken word pieces, and the kind of material that suggests getting horizontal as a matter of priority. It goes without saying, of course, that the selections are thrillingly deep, with a tracklist that will have even the most committed record collectors scratching their heads.
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VARIOUS
Cat: LITA 163CD. Rel: 09 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Tomoko Soryo - "I Say Who"
  2. Taeko Ohnuki - "Kusuri Wo Takusan"
  3. Minako Yoshida - "Midnight Driver"
  4. Nanako Sato - "Subterranean Futari Bocci"
  5. Haruomi Hosono - "Sports Men"
  6. Izumi Kobayashi - "Coffee Rumba"
  7. FOE - "In My Jungle"
  8. Akira Inoue, Hiroshi Sato & Masataka Matsutoya - "Sun Bathing"
  9. Hiroshi Satoh - "Say Goodbye"
  10. Yukihiro Takahashi - "Drip Dry Eyes"
  11. Masayoshi Takanaka - "Bamboo Vender"
  12. Shigeru Suzuki - "Lady Pink Panther"
  13. Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya - "Mykonos No Hanayome"
  14. Yasuko Agawa - "LA Night"
  15. Hitomi Tohyama - "Exotic Yokogao"
  16. Tazumi Toyoshima - "Machibouke"
Review: U.S label Light In The Attic has previously served up compilations exploring various Japanese takes on Western music, most notably folk, rock, ambient and new age. Here they switch tack, curating a brilliant double-album set that showcases the best Japanese synth-pop, AOR and boogie recorded between 1976 and '86. The quality threshold remains impressively high throughout, from the blue-eyed-soul breeze of Taeko Ohnuki's "Kusuri Wo Takusan" and the Chaz Jankel-meets-Thompson Twins style throb of Haruomi Hosono's "Sports Men", to the talkbox-sporting late night AOR-pop flex's Hiroshi Satoh's "Say Goodbye" and the glistening, Latin-influenced jazz-funk brilliance of Masayoshi Takanaka's steel pan-sporting "Bamboo Vender".
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Played by: Dicky Trisco
 in stock $16.41
VARIOUS
Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia (unmixed CD + 44 page booklet in slip case)
Cat: AACD 088. Rel: 21 Jun 19
International
  1. Rosvaldo Ja Chegou? (Introducao)
  2. Pinduca - "Vamos Farrear"
  3. Os Muiraquitans - "A Misturada"
  4. Os Quentes De Terra Alta - "Praia Do Algodoal"
  5. Pinduca - "Pai Xango"
  6. Janjao - "Meu Barquinho"
  7. Messias Holanda - "O Galo Canta, O Macaco Assovia"
  8. Vieira E Seu Conjunto - "Lambada Da Baleia"
  9. Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapuru - "Mambo Assanhado"
  10. O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira - "Carimbo Para Yemanja"
  11. Pinduca - "Coco Da Bahia"
  12. Messias Holanda - "Carimbo Da Pimienta"
  13. Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapuru - "Da Garrafa Uma Pinga"
  14. O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira - "Maruda"
  15. Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra - "Xango"
  16. Vieira E Seu Conjunto - "Melo Do Bode"
  17. Grupo Da Pesada - "Voa Andorinha"
  18. Grupo Da Pesada - "Lundun Da Yaya"
  19. Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo - "Despedida"
Review: Analog Africa's latest must-have release focuses on the little-known musical culture of the Para state on Northern Brazil, and specifically the port city of Belem. Since the 1960s the city's musicians have been serving up unique and exciting new styles that draw as much on West African, Cuban and Caribbean music as they do the rhythms and instrumentation of the Amazonian tribes based nearby. It's these kinds of unique and exuberant fusions - think heavy bass, bouncy ska-style rhythms, punchy Afro-Cuban horns, densely layered drums, celebratory vocals and tropical guitars - that make "Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia" such an essential listen. Context is provided via the included 44-page booklet, whose extensive liner notes track the development of Para's unique musical culture.
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VARIOUS
Cat: STUDIOMULE 12CD. Rel: 16 Jan 19
Jazz
  1. Yoko Hatanaka - "More Sexy"
  2. Masumi Hara - "Kimi No Yume"
  3. Yuki Nakayamate - "Silhouette Call"
  4. Atsuo Fujimoto - "Theme Of High School Student"
  5. Mari Kaneko - "Get To Paradise"
  6. Tomoko Aran - "Hannya"
  7. Masako Miyazaki - "Fantasy"
  8. Junko Sakurada - "Watashi No Koukoku"
  9. Kangaroo - "Sunshine Bright On Me"
  10. Maiko Okamoto - "Stranger's Night"
  11. The Fad - "Singing Lady"
  12. The Eastern Gang - "Magic Eyes"
  13. Rinda Yamamoto - "Crazy Baby"
  14. Tomoko Aran - "I'm In Love"
Review: More from Studio Mule's must-check "Midnight In Tokyo" series, which gathers together obscure gems from the Japan that "sound best listened to at night". While the previous volume largely focused on forgotten Japanese jazz-funk, this edition is more eclectic in tone, variously touching on rare groove, new wave, soul and disco. It's another belting selection, all told, with highlights including the breathy sleaziness of Yoko Hatanaka's "More Sexy", the post-punk boogie eccentricity of Mari Kaneko's "Get To Paradise", the sprightly synth-funk of "Sunshine Bright On Me" by Kangaroo and the synth-rock silliness of The Fad's wonderfully over-the-top "Singing Lady".
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Played by: Ursula 1000
 in stock $11.49
Aquafusion (limited CD)
Cat: MLPH 11CD. Rel: 07 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Back To Elba
  2. Aquafusion
  3. Duality (feat Krista Michaela)
  4. Surf Blue
  5. Barbados
  6. I Saw The Wind
  7. Open Sequences
  8. Seagulls
Review: Under the A Vision of Panorama alias, Mikhail Khavsko has released some of the most beguiling nu-Balearic music of the past few years. Aquafusion is his long-awaited debut album, and is sure to further enhance his already high reputation. Drawing on sun kissed synthesizer grooves, languid nu-disco and hazy pop for inspiration, the album boasts all manner of ear-pleasing highlights. These include the new age inspired ambient slinkiness of "Open Sequences", the Gigi Masin style bliss of "Seagulls", the mid-'80s synth-pop-goes-dancing bounce of "Barbados", and the baked, horizontal pop of "Duality" (which notably features the drowsy vocals of Krista Michaela).
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 in stock $5.62
Larry LEVAN/VARIOUS
Genius Of Time (unmixed 2xCD)
UMC
Cat: 474325 8. Rel: 25 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Peech Boys - "Life Is Something Special" (special edition)
  2. Syreeta - "Can't Shake Your Love" (Larry Levan mix)
  3. Gwen Guthrie - "Padlock" (Larry Levan mix)
  4. Man Friday - "Love Honey, Love Heartache" (A Larry Levan mix)
  5. Merc & Monk - "Carried Away" (Larry Levan remix)
  6. Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Bad For Me" (Larry Levan mix)
  7. Bert Reid - "Groovin' With You" (Levan vocal edit)
  8. Tramaine - "The Rock" (The Garage vocal version)
  9. Man Friday - "Groove" (Larrys yaw)
  10. Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Larry Levan remix)
  11. Gwen Guthrie - "Seventh Heaven" (Levan mix)
  12. David Joseph - "You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me)" (Larry Levan mix)
  13. Grace Jones - "Feel Up" (Larry Levan mix)
  14. Gwen Guthrie - "It Should Have Been You" (Larry Levan mix)
  15. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (Larry Levan mix)
  16. Esther Williams - "I'll Be Your Pleasure" (Larry Levan remix)
  17. Man Friday - "Real Love" (The Paradise garage mix)
  18. Central Line - "Walking Into Sunshine" (Larry Levan special mix)
  19. Jeffrey Osborne - "Plane Love" (Larry Levan remix - specially remxied version)
  20. Gwen Guthrie - "Peanut Butter" (Larry Levan mix - long vocal)
  21. Smokey Robinson - "And I Don't Love You" (instrumental dub)
  22. Peech Boys - "Don't Make Me Wait" (extended version)
Review: Larry Levan's influence on the development of dance music in New York during the 1980s cannot be overstated. That much is clear from Genius Of Time, a two-disc collection of the Paradise Garage resident's finest remixes. Heavy on dub delays, spaced-out synthesizers and rolling grooves, it gathers together a swathe of stone-cold classics - killer reworks of Gwen Guthrie, Man Friday, Peech Boys, Loose Joints and Jimmy Ross - with lesser-known, but no less vital, tweaks of cuts from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esther Williams, Smokey Robinson and Tramaine. While dedicated fans will have many of these already, it serves as the perfect introduction to Levan's distinctive and hugely influential style.
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FAZE ACTION/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDCD 43. Rel: 01 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Carol Dionne - "I'm In Love With You"
  2. Leston Paul - "All Nite Tonight" (mix)
  3. Bebe Manga - "Lokognolo"
  4. Saraba - "Barlia (Kulandjagnho)"
  5. Courtial - "Love Nevermore" (feat Errol Knowles)
  6. Stylus - "We All Need One Another"
  7. Midway - "Set It Out" (Faze Action edit)
  8. Delight - "Is It Too Late" (feat Phenix Horns Esquire)
  9. Disco Circus - "Dig It"
  10. Michele Claire - "In The Bush"
  11. Galaxy - "Let Love Begin"
  12. Mikki - "Dance Lover" (feat Starz - Faze Action edit)
  13. Pilgrim Fathers Orchestra - "Touch Me Don't Stop"
  14. Songhoi Band - "Africa Africa" (Faze Action edit)
  15. Oscar Perry - "Body Movements"
  16. Don Lurio - "Ruba Ruba"
  17. Space - "Mixed Up" (Faze Action edit)
  18. Tony Antoniou - "Send In The Night" (instrumental mix)
  19. Spats - "Hot Summer Madness"
  20. Banzai - "Runaway"
Review: For the latest volume in their crate-digging disco series, Under The Influence, Z Records has turned to long-serving British brothers Simon and Robin Lee AKA Faze Action. In keeping with the series' dusty-fingered ethos, there's plenty of brilliant rarities to set the pulse racing - see the smooth '80s boogie of Leston Paul's "All Nite Tonight", the sublime Afro-disco brilliance of Bebe Manga, the up-tempo hustle of Oscar Perry's "Body Movements" and the South American disco swirl of Don Lurio's "Ruba Ruba" - as well as a smattering of obscure versions of classic dancefloor hits (check Michele Claire's version of "In The Bush"). You'll also find a smattering of killer Faze Action edits, too, with their version of Midway's "Set It Out" and Mikki's freestyle-era boogie ham "Dance Lover" standing out.
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WINSTON/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDCD 046. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mary Gold - "Dancing"
  2. Doug Payne & Polygon - "Holiday"
  3. Bollyn Thompson - "Build Your Foundation"
  4. Betty Padgett - "Sugar Daddy" (part 1& 2)
  5. Bilalian Creation - "Save The Children"
  6. Expose - "I Just Wanna Dance With You"
  7. Lord Of Storm - "I'm Human"
  8. Jungle Band - "Jungleland" (part 2)
  9. RG's All Nite Funk Band - "Go For It Sucker"
  10. TT Sotto - "Chorus Line"
  11. Bramsam - "Get Up & Dance Now"
  12. Jonnie Vibes Lambert - "Can't Stop Dancin'"
  13. Synergy - "More People Than Me" (feat Donnell Pitman)
  14. Al "Man" Muntzie & The Embraceables - "We Are Steady Rockin'"
  15. Are & Be - "If There Is No Struggle" (long version)
  16. Juice - "Mercy On Me"
  17. The GT's - "Let's Do It Together"
  18. Eklips - "My Love"
  19. Ms Victoria Barnes - "Never Too Late" (disco version)
  20. The Olympics - "Do You Like It"
  21. Suave - "Salsa Gon Gitcha"
  22. The Rappers - "Funky Juice" (part 1)
Review: It would be fair to say that Winston is nowhere near as well known as some of the record collectors who've compiled volumes in the "Under The Influence" series (think Nick The Record, Sean P and Red Greg), but it seems his crates are every bit as deep. Check, for example, the unashamedly celebratory, slap-bass propelled disco-funk of Doug Payne and Polygon's "Holiday", the heady, high-octane disco thrills of Expose's "I Just Wanna Dance With You", the low-slung early funk-rap headiness of Jungle Band's "Jungleland (Part 2)" and the wickedly percussive salsa-disco heaviness of Suave's "Salsa Gon Gitcha". In other words, it's a killer collection of top-notch cuts that you'll never have heard before. What's not to like?
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XL
Cat: XL 936CD. Rel: 26 Oct 18
Soundtracks
  1. A Storm That Took Everything
  2. The Hooks
  3. Suspirium
  4. Belongings Thrown In A River
  5. Has Ended
  6. Klemperer Walks
  7. Open Again
  8. Sabbath Incantation
  9. The Inevitable Pull
  10. Olga's Destruction (Volk Tape)
  11. The Conjuring Of Anke
  12. A Light Green
  13. Unmade
  14. The Jumps
  15. Volk
  16. The Universe Is Indifferent
  17. The Balance Of Things
  18. A Soft Hand Across Your Face
  19. Suspirium Finale
  20. A Choir Of One
  21. Synthesizer Speaks
  22. The Room Of Compartments
  23. An Audition
  24. Voiceless Terror
  25. The Epilogue
Review: Given his innate ability to craft intensely atmospheric and often fundamentally unsettling music, it seems apt that Thom Yorke has finally got around to producing a film soundtrack. It's fitting, too, that said soundtrack is for Luca Guadagnino's weirdo remake of 1977 Italian horror flick "Suspiria". Yorke nails the brief, delivering a string of chilling, otherworldly instrumentals that not only draw on his well-established love of dark ambient and gruesome electronica, but also foreboding neo-classical movements and sparse, wide-eyed arrangements. There are a smattering of superb vocal moments, too, with recent single "Suspirio" - described by one broadsheet reviewer as "the saddest waltz you'll ever here" - standing out.
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Played by: Indian Wells
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VARIOUS
Cat: FVR 109CD. Rel: 04 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Marcia Maria - "Amigo Branco"
  2. Miss Lene - "Sinal De Desejo"
  3. Brenda - "Natureza Viva"
  4. Cristina Camargo - "Minas Do Rei Salomao"
  5. Lady Zu - "Valeu A Pena"
  6. Almir Ricardi - "To Parado Na Tua"
  7. Rosana - "Alegria No Ar."
  8. Kaito - "Cara Feia"
  9. Adriana - "Contigo"
Review: Favorite Recordings' superb Disco Boogie Sounds series continues. Following Waxist's recent exploration of French productions from the period, they've decided to drop a second collection of high-grade Brazilian material. Renowned crate-digger Charles Maurice has done a terrific job of gathering together dusty, obscure cuts that perfectly encapsulate Brazilian musicians' sun-kissed, soulful approach to disco and boogie. Highlights are naturally plentiful, and include the starry, jazz-funk tinged warmth of Christina Camargo's "Minas Do Rei Salomao", the Chic style brilliance of Almir Ricardi's "To Parado Na Tua", and the cosmic, horn-heavy leftfield disco thrills of Kaito's "Cara Feia".
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MOODYMANN/VARIOUS
DJ Kicks (mixed CD)
K7
Cat: K7 3227CD. Rel: 17 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. Yaw - "Where Will You Be"
  2. Cody ChesnuTT - "Serve This Royalty"
  3. Dopehead - "Guttah Guttah"
  4. Jitwam - "Keepyourbusinesstoyourself"
  5. Talc - "Robot's Return" (Modern Sleepover part 2)
  6. Beady Belle - "When My Anger Starts To Cry"
  7. Shawn Lee - "Kiss The Sky" (feat Nino Moschella)
  8. Jai Paul - "BTSTU"
  9. Flying Lotus - "Tea Leaf Dancers" (feat Andreya Triana)
  10. Nightmares On Wax - "Les Nuits"
  11. Rich Medina - "Can't Hold Back" (feat Sy Smith - Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
  12. Julien Dyne - "Stained Glass Fresh Frozen" (feat Mara TK)
  13. Little Dragon - "Come Home"
  14. Andres - "El Ritmo De Mi Gente" (feat Lady)
  15. Fort Knox Five - "Uptown Tricks" (feat Mustafa Akbar - Rodney Hunter remix)
  16. Daniel Bortz - "Cuz You're The One"
  17. Jose Gonzalez - "Remain"
  18. Big Muff - "My Funny Valentine"
  19. Les Sins - "Grind"
  20. Tirogo - "Disco Maniac"
  21. SLF & Merkin - "Tag Team Triangle"
  22. Joeski - "How Do I Go On" (feat Jesante)
  23. Kings Of Tomorrow - "Fall For You" (feat April - Sandy Rivera's classic mix)
  24. Soulful Session/Lynn Lockamy - "Hostile Takeover"
  25. Anne Clark - "Our Darkness"
  26. Peter Digital Orchestra - "Jeux De Langues"
  27. Noir & Haze - "Around" (Solomun vox)
  28. Marcellus Pittman - "1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)"
  29. Lady Alma - "It's House Music"
  30. Daniela La Luz - "Did You Ever"
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
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Cat: FVR 145CD. Rel: 22 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Arlana - "When You Call My Name"
  2. Omega Sunrise - "Too Hip"
  3. Jonathan Jr - "Hangin' On To You" (12" version)
  4. Isabelle Mayereau - "Orange Bleue"
  5. Oro - "Sasa"
  6. Fernando Toussaint - "Recuerdos Del Abuelo"
  7. Todd Mcclenathan - "High From Our Love"
  8. Mario Acquaviva - "Notturno Italiano"
  9. Special Occasion - "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" (12" version)
  10. Parenthese - "Come Back"
  11. Russ Long - "Never Was Love"
  12. Pacific Dreams - "Mellow Out"
  13. Miller Miller Miller & Sloan - "Key To My Heart"
  14. Scott Cunningham - "Blues Take You Over"
Review: On his fourth exploration of the world of global "Adult Oriented Rock", French crate-digger Charles Maurice focuses on the period between 1977 and '86. That means a greater emphasis on synthesizers, dusty drum machines and the kind of sparkling melodies that would once have drifted from daytime radio at an alarming rate. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the dewy-eyed synth-soul of Arlana's "When You Call My Name" and the breezy boogie of Omega Sunrise's "Too Hip", to the sparse Balearic bliss of Isabelle Mayereau's "Orange Bleue", the flute-laden easy listening hum of Fernando Toussaint, the sax-happy '80s sleaze of Special Occasion's brilliant "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" and the jaunty Latino jazz-funk of "Mellow Out" by Pacific Dreams.
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Boston Goes Disco! (2xCD (CD 1 mixed, CD 2 unmixed))
BBE
Cat: BBE 452CCD. Rel: 03 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Chris Rhodes Band - "Wait Until Dark"
  2. Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  3. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo-Pershere" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  4. Wildlife - "All In Good Time" (feat VI Taylor - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  5. Larry Wedgeworth & Clique - "No More Games" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  6. Portable Patrol - "Cop Bop" (feat The Disco Cop - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  7. Cojo - "Play It By Ear"
  8. Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  9. Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  10. Hypnotics - "Fire Funk" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  11. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  12. Dreamfight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  13. The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit)
  14. The Chris Rhodes Band - "Wait Until Dark"
  15. Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  16. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo-Pershere" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  17. Wildlife - "All In Good Time" (feat VI Taylor - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  18. Larry Wedgeworth & Clique - "No More Games" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  19. Portable Patrol - "Cop Bop" (feat The Disco Cop - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  20. Cojo - "Play It By Ear"
  21. Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  22. Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  23. Hypnotics - "Fire Funk" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  24. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  25. Dreamfight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  26. The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit)
  27. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (original 7" version Spliced parts 1 & 2)
Review: Bostonian DJ, producer and crate digger Serge Gamesbourg has spent much of the last two years slavishly digging into the history of Massachusetts' little known underground disco scene. Here, over mixed and unmixed discs, he presents the results. Naturally, there's little you'll have heard before, and plenty of high-grade dancefloor fire, much of it re-edited or subtly reworked by Gamesbourg himself. Highlights include the fuzzy, lo-fi funk of Gypsy's "Keep It Comin' On", the turn-of-the-'80s, synth-laden disco-funk dazzle of Portable Patrol's "Cop Bop", the celebratory release of "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics and the smooth, blue-eyed soul shimmer of "Wait Until Dark" by The Chris Rhodes Band.
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Played by: Marcel Vogel, BRENDON P
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VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWCD 087. Rel: 09 Dec 16
International
  1. Hotline - "Fellas Doing It In Lagos"
  2. Peter Abdul - "Don't You Know"
  3. Steve Monite - "Only You"
  4. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life"
  5. Kio Amachree - "Ivory"
  6. Livy Ekemezie - "Holiday Action"
  7. Willy Roy - "Don't Give Up"
  8. Danny Offia & The Friks - "Funk With Me"
  9. Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - "Too Hot"
  10. Terry Mackson - "Distant Lover"
  11. Ofege - "Burning Jungle"
  12. Odion Iruoje - "Indentify With Your Root"
  13. Mike Umoh - "Shake Your Body"
  14. Burnis Moleme - "Where Is The Answer"
  15. Sony Enang - "Don't Stop That Music"
  16. Veno - "Groove I Like"
  17. Godfrey Odili - "Let's Do More Music"
  18. Toby Foyeh - "Ore Mi"
  19. Gboyega Adelaja - "Colourful Environment"
  20. Lexy Mella - "On The Air" (Rap mix)
  21. Nkono Teles - "Be My Lady" (mix)
Review: With so many archival labels putting out compilations of 1970s Nigerian funk and disco, Soundway has decided to change tack. Doing It In Lagos is a primer on the country's lesser-celebrated 1980s boogie scene. According to the superb liner notes, most of the music on show here - and, yes, it's universally brilliant - was created by a younger generation of musicians who wanted to move away from Afrobeat, and further towards an authentically American style electrofunk sound. As a result, many of the tracks featured on Doing It In Lagos - not least Hotline's brilliant opener, Livy Ekemezie's disco-funk slammer "Holiday Action" and Sonny Enang's superb "Don't Stop That Music" - are every bit as special as the American-produced records they were trying to emulate.
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VARIOUS
Sunny Side Up (unmixed CD)
Cat: BWOOD 205CD. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Jazz
  1. Phil Stroud - "Banksia"
  2. Dufresne - "Pick Up/Galaxy"
  3. Kuzich - "There Is No Time"
  4. Audrey Powne - "Bleeding Hearts"
  5. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange - "Powers 2 (The People)"
  6. Laneous - "Nice To See You"
  7. Silent Jay - "Eternal/Internal Peace"
  8. Horatio Luna - "The Wake Up"
  9. Allysha - "Orbit"
Review: As anyone who's visited the city will tell you, Melbourne's underground music scene is particularly vibrant. While it's the more club-focused side of the scene that's previously had most props, "Sunny Side Up" attempts to shine a light on the more soulful and jazzy side of the city's output with the assistance of musical director Silentjay. It's a rich, evocative and musically expansive set that moves from the languid, sun-kissed jazz bliss of Phil Stroud's "Banksia", to the spiritual jazz brilliance of Allysha's "Orbit", via carefully crafted cuts that touch on rubbery 1970s jazz-funk (Dufresne's superb "Pick Up/Galaxy"), rushing broken beat/jazz fusion (Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange), house-influenced dancefloor jazz (Horatio Luna) and drowsy downtempo beats (the languid "There Is No Time" by Kuzich).
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Cat: BWOOD 177CD. Rel: 08 May 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Starting Today (feat Ras Asheber)
  2. Almost Went Too Far
  3. Mollison Dub
  4. London's Face (feat Oscar Jerome)
  5. Ragify (feat Big Sharer)
  6. Outro (Fornow)
Review: Building on his Brownswood debut earlier this year - "Go See" on the label's deep-digging We Out Here collection - Ezra Collective's pianist and composer lays down his most expansive and expressive body of work to date. Weighing in at near album size, it's a powerful experience from the off as Afrikan Revolution's Asheber sets a political framework and sense of freshness and unity on the title track. Elsewhere we're treated to hazy bluesy hip-hop on "Ragify", raw freeform fizz on "London's Face" and soul-soothing narratives in the form of "Mollison Dub". Stunning.
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Played by: Alma Negra
 in stock $7.02
Cat: FSRCD 127. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Soul
  1. The Bamboos - "Golden Ticket"
  2. Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum - "Smokey Joe's La La"
  3. The Mighty Ryeders - "Evil Vibrations"
  4. Matador! Soul Sounds - "Too Late"
  5. Grupo Magnetico - "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
  6. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - "Ain't It Funky Now"
  7. Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions - "Gonna Be Alright"
  8. Mestizo Beat - "Featherbed Lane"
  9. Smoove & Turrell - "You're Gone" (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  10. Kizzy Crawford - "Progression"
  11. Chip Wickham - "Rebel No 23"
  12. The Lewis Express - "Brother Move On"
  13. Courtney Pine - "Rules" (feat Omar)
  14. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - "Foolish Girl" (feat Alex Ligertwood)
  15. The New Mastersounds - "Tantalus"
  16. The Getup - "Hush"
  17. Orquesta Akokan - "Mambo Rapidito"
  18. Gizelle Smith - "Scared Of Something"
  19. Menagerie - "Spiral"
Review: Craig Charles' annual "Funk & Soul Club" compilations are fast becoming as much of a Christmas tradition as turkey, dodgy decorations and ill-advised snogs at office parties. As with its predecessor, this sixth volume does a good job in showcasing the best in modern funk, soul, Afrobeat and heavy Latin jams, with a few stone cold classics thrown in (see the Mighty Ryeders' peerless "Evil Vibrations"). Look out for deep and heavy funk gems from the Bamboos, the New Mastersounds and Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum, some suitably smooth fare from Courtney Pine and Omar, a scintillating, salsa-focused cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by Scotland's Grupo Magnetico, and a dash of dancefloor goodness from funk breaks scene stalwarts Smoove and Turrell.
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PSYCHEMAGIK/VARIOUS
Psychemagik Presents Magik Cyrkles (2xCD (CD 1 unmixed, CD 2 mixed))
Cat: LENGCD 004. Rel: 18 Oct 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Intrinsic Trance - "Hey Policeman!"
  2. Sirarcusa - "Streap Tease In The Stars (The Way I Do)"
  3. The Bear Brothers - "Love Is" (Psychemagik edit)
  4. Epsilon - "Ayayaya"
  5. Kingcats - "Down In California" (Albion edit)
  6. Mandy B Jones - "1-2-3-4 (We Ain't Got Much Time)"
  7. Miro - "Safari of Love"
  8. Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra - "From The Moon" (Psychemagik edit)
  9. Ramasandiran Somusundaram - "Electronic Heart"
  10. Raja Zahr - "Drum Sequence" (Psychemagik edit)
  11. Malibu - "80's, 80's?"
  12. Goya - "House At The Sea" (Psychemagik edit)
  13. Psychemagik Presents - "Magik Cyrkles" (continuous mix)
Review: Magik Cyrkles invites you the listener to bask in the impressive record collections of Psychemagik, for it seems that the prolific edit and DJ duo operate a nice sideline helping to furnish everyone from Soulwax to Q-Tip to Love Fingers with rare and highly sought after vinyl. Anyone whose familiar with their output since their emergence from The Cosmic Forest in 2009 will not be surprised given the off the beaten track source material for much of their edits. This Leng released compilation veers through all manner of psychedelic funk, cosmodisco, Middle Eastern oddities and much more, with four excusive new edits from the Psychemagik duo themselves. Those with dusty fingers and a penchant for the odder forgotten gems will no doubt be entranced as soon as Intrinsic Trance's opener commences and the label have really surpassed themselves in the presentation stakes with some apt cover art from acclaimed designer Luke Insect adorning this double CD release.
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Fabric 69 (mixed CD)
Cat: FABRIC 137. Rel: 18 Apr 13
Techno
  1. Silent Servant - "A Path Eternal"
  2. Function - "Voiceprint" (Loop edit)
  3. VCMG - "Spock" (Regis remix)
  4. Boyd Rice,Frank Tovey - "Extraction"
  5. Raime - "Exist In The Repeat Of Practice"
  6. Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version)
  7. Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version)
  8. Fiedel - "Andreas" (bonus beats)
  9. Cub - "Cu2" (Ust Funk mix)
  10. Mary Velo - "Detune"
  11. Jpls - "Basis"
  12. Rrose - "Wedge"
  13. O - "Syvays"
  14. Rrose - "Wedge"
  15. Function - "Modifier"
  16. Carl Craig - "Darkness"
  17. Markus Suckut - "Hunt"
  18. Samuel Kerridge - "Waiting For Love" (part 1)
  19. Untold - "Motion The Dance"
  20. Surgeon - "As You Breathe Here Now"
  21. Mark Ernestus - "Mark Ernestus meets BBC"
  22. Plastikman - "Plasticine"
  23. Trevino - "Uptight"
  24. Vcmg - "Spock" (Regis remix)
  25. Planetary Assault System - "Flat Tire"
  26. Factory Floor - "16-2-16-9-20-1-14-9-7"
  27. James Ruskin - "Into A Circle"
  28. SS/S - "Sicario De Dios: Siglo 2"
  29. Laurent Garnier - "At Night"
  30. Function - "Voiceprint" (reprise)
Review: Despite the nebulous Sandwell District label ceasing operations at the end of 2011, the name has lived on as a performance based entity with Female and Silent Servant leaving it to be fronted by Karl 'Regis' O'Connor and Sumner. Thus the latter two step forth to man the figurative decks for this stunning induction into the Fabric mix series. Productions from the pair feature heavily, with several tracks from Function's recent Incubation brushing up alongside several of Regis' recent remixes for Blackest Ever Black and VCMG, while Sandwell alumni Silent Servant and Rrose also feature in the form of "A Path Eternal" and "Wedge" respectively. There are also a few surprises in the form of Untold's "Motion The Dance" and Factory Floor's "16-2-16-9-20-1-14-9-7?, which are joined by experimental fare from Boyd Rice and Samuel Kerridge. A must for fans of Sandwell District.
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Played by: Tony Kasper
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FOUR TET/VARIOUS
Cat: FABRIC 118. Rel: 16 Sep 11
UK Garage
  1. Intro
  2. Micheal Redolfi - "Immersion Partielle"
  3. Crazy Bald Heads - "First Born"
  4. Persian - "Feel Da Vibe"
  5. KH - "101112"
  6. Youngstar (Musical Mob) - "Pulse X"
  7. Crazy Bald Heads - "First Born"
  8. Floating Points - "Sais" (dub)
  9. Apple - "Mr Bean"
  10. Caribou - "Webers"
  11. Big Bird - "Flav" (Urban Myths remix)
  12. Genius - "Waiting"
  13. Four Tet - "Fabric"
  14. David Borden - "The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint" (part 9)
  15. STL - "Dark Energy"
  16. Percussions - "Percussions One"
  17. C++ - "Angie's Fucked"
  18. Burial - "Street Halo"
  19. KMA - "Cape Fear"
  20. WK7 - "Higher Power"
  21. Ricardo Villalobos - "Sieso"
  22. Four Tet - "Pyramid"
  23. Red Rack'Em - "How I Program"
  24. Active Minds - "Hobson's Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem)"
  25. Armando Gallop & Steve Poindexter - "Blackholes"
  26. Outro
  27. Four Tet - "Locked"
Review: The Fabriclive series maintains its fine run of form with Four Tet's eagerly anticipated inclusion into the canon. Stitching together field recordings of the club itself, ambient tracks from Michel Redolfi and David Borden, a selection of lost, dusty UK garage from the likes of Persian and Crazy Bald Heads and recent productions from Burial and Floating Points, it's not so much a DJ set as an impressionistic rendition of Hebden's own memories of clubbing itself. Considering the fact that Hebden's own productions are usually so saturated in melody, it's a relatively dark mix, dominated by murky bass tones and sharp, brittle beats, with a constantly shifting sense of urgency that encourages rapt attention throughout. The stellar mix is capped off with two brand new Four Tet tracks, "Pyramid" and "Locked", which only seek to highlight his growing ability to produce devastating club tracks.
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Played by: Hero Records
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Heaven & Earth (2xCD + hidden CD)
Cat: Y T176CD. Rel: 22 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Fists Of Fury (Earth)
  2. Can You Hear Him
  3. Hub-Tones
  4. Connections
  5. Tiffakonkae
  6. The Invincible Youth
  7. Testify
  8. One Of One
  9. The Space Travelers Lullaby (Heaven)
  10. Vi Lua VI Sol
  11. Street Fighter Mas
  12. Song For The Fallen
  13. Journey
  14. The Psalmnist
  15. Show Us The Way
  16. Will You Sing
  17. The Secret Of Jinsinson
  18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  19. My Family
  20. Agents Of Multiverse
  21. Ooh Child
Review: There's a growing feeling both inside and outside jazz that Kamasi Washington could well turn out to be one of the style's all-time greats. He's certainly making all the right moves, delivering thought-provoking concept albums of eyebrow-raising length that simply refuse to settle on one sound, rhythm, style or sub-genre. Heaven & Earth, his first album for almost three years, continues this trend, comprising angry instrumental answers to America's growing issues with class division and racism, Rotary Connection style workouts, Sun Ra-esque spiritual workouts, funk and soul-influenced burners, spiraling choral and orchestral affairs, and electric fusions of rubbery synth-funk and mind-altering jazz-blues. Typically, the results are never less than sublime, with Washington's virtuoso saxophone playing taking centre stage throughout.
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Gerd JANSON/VARIOUS
Fabric 89 (mixed CD)
Cat: FABRIC 177. Rel: 19 Aug 16
Deep House
  1. Todd Terje - "Snooze 4 Love" (Luke Abbott remix)
  2. John Talabot - "Voices" (Fabric edit)
  3. Traumprinz - "Love Yeah"
  4. Shan - "The City Never Sleeps"
  5. Boddika & Joy Orbison - "Severed Seven"
  6. Mateo Murphy - "Apex"
  7. Geeeman - "Wanna Go Bang" (Catz N Dogz edit)
  8. Q-Burns Abstract Message - "Mess Of Afros" (Glenn Underground remix)
  9. Inner Sense - "MoTP"
  10. Mike Ash - "Return To Acid"
  11. Nick Hoppner - "Relate" (The Black Madonna remix)
  12. HMC - "Marauder"
  13. Joe Claussell - "Rhythm"
  14. Roger Van Lunteren - "Hills, I Want You"
  15. Scott Grooves - "Finished"
  16. Caribou - "Sun" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
Review: Thanks to his reputation as a knowledgeable house selector with immaculate mixing skills, hopes are high for Gerd Janson's contribution to Fabric's long-running mix series. As predicted, it's superb. After opening with Luke Abbot's deliciously steamy, marimba-heavy rework of Todd Terje sunset classic "Snooze 4 Love", the Running Back chief gradually ups the tempo and intensity, along the way finding time for the melodious breeziness of John Talabot, the stripped-back retro-futurism of Shan, a dash of big room business from Joy Orbison and Boddika, and a swathe of lesser-known house gems from the likes of Joe Clausell and Scott Grooves. He also squeezes in Prins Thomas's loose and summery rework of Caribou's "Sun", which closes the mix perfectly.
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Played by: Bodhi
 in stock $5.87
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